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Caregivers of Older Adults Blog | Elder Care Issues

Does Medicare Cover Home Health Care?

By mmLearn.org on Thu, Nov 01, 2018 @ 04:18 PM

Sometimes after an inpatient hospital stay, we need a little help with getting back on our feet. This might occur in a Skilled Nursing Facility, where we receive care from a nurse and/or physical therapist. It might also occur in our home where we might receive outpatient rehabilitative services or personal care. All home health care is designed to help you regain your independence and be able to care for yourself again.

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Fiber and Brain Aging: Is There a Connection?

By mmLearn.org on Sat, Oct 27, 2018 @ 10:00 AM

By now we’re all aware that fiber is an important part of a healthy diet for everything from heart health to weight management. Now comes one more piece of evidence reinforcing the value of eating fiber-rich foods: Doing so may delay age-related brain inflammation, according to recent research published in the academic journal, Frontiers in Immunology. 

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Caregivers Need Care, Too: Tips to Lighten the Load

By mmLearn.org on Wed, Oct 24, 2018 @ 11:30 AM

We often talk about how to help caregivers be better caregivers. At the same time, we are also keenly aware of the tremendous burden of caregivers, and the impact of that burden on their overall health and wellness. The good news? They don’t have to do it alone. 

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Understanding the Complexities of Siblings and Elder Care

By mmLearn.org on Tue, Aug 21, 2018 @ 03:11 PM

Coping with aging, sick or dying parents is difficult even under the best circumstances. Factor in the sibling strife that often arises in families trying to manage care for aging loved ones, and the situation becomes exponentially more challenging. Read on for a roundup of common sibling caregiving scenarios, along with tips aimed at keeping the peace. 

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Six Tips for Successful Family Caregiving Meetings

By mmLearn.org on Tue, Jul 24, 2018 @ 11:13 AM

In a perfect world, all family members would get along when making care decisions for aging loved ones. In the world we live in, however, familial strife is extremely common. While managing conflicts can be challenging, it’s vital to build consensus—both to ensure that each senior’s wants and needs are met as well as to reduce caregiver stress. The good news? There are some things you can to do help things go as smoothly as possible, including the following six strategies:

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Seniors and Flatulence: How You Can Help

By mmLearn.org on Wed, Jun 20, 2018 @ 01:18 PM

Passing gas is a perfectly normal bodily function. However, this doesn’t mean it’s not potentially problematic for caregivers—especially when it becomes excessive. Here’s a closer look at the issue of seniors and flatulence, along with caregiver tips aimed at helping seniors manage this common condition.

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Seniors and Syncope: The 411 on Fainting

By mmLearn.org on Tue, Feb 20, 2018 @ 05:01 PM

If you’ve ever been around someone who has fainted—or if you’ve ever fainted yourself—you know it’s a frightening ordeal. Clinically known as “syncope” (pronounced SIN-co-pee), fainting is not only much more common in older adults but also associated with a reduced survival rate—and therefore of particular importance for senior caregivers. Here’s a closer look at syncope, along with what all caregivers need to know about caring for someone with this condition.

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How to Help the Elderly in Dealing with Holiday Loneliness

By mmLearn.org on Wed, Dec 06, 2017 @ 03:16 PM

An abundance of seasonal songs may enthuse over all things merry, bright, happy and joyous during the holidays. However, the truth is that feelings of loneliness may be heightened at this time of year—particularly for older adults. Here’s a closer look at the phenomenon, along with caregiver tips aimed at helping seniors cope with holiday loneliness.

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Holiday Gift Ideas for Parents in Elder Care

By mmLearn.org on Wed, Nov 29, 2017 @ 10:57 AM

As the season of giving approaches, many adult children of aging parents in elder care are left with a challenging question: What should I get my mom or dad? While choosing meaningful Christmas gifts for the elderly may involve some extra thought, finding the perfect present leads to satisfaction for both the giver and the recipient. Read on for a roundup of six gift ideas for your favorite seniors this season. 

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A Merry Heart Does Good Like a Medicine

By mmLearn.org on Wed, Nov 15, 2017 @ 03:23 PM

Proverbs 17:22 tells us, "A merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones." 

We can think of no better embodiment of this saying than when it comes to caregiving. Here’s a closer look at why embracing happiness -- even amidst some of life’s greatest challenges -- is an invaluable pursuit.

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